Photography Lighting Experts Fountain Hills AZ

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Walgreen Drug Stores - Fountain Hills Stores- Store Information
(480) 837-1437
16749 East Shea Boulevard
Fountain Hills, AZ
Professional Photo Custom Laboratory
(480) 837-3679
16810 East Avenue Of The Founta
Fountain Hills, AZ
Coyote Building CO
(480) 860-9364
11324 East Carol Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ
Cards And Desert Photos
(480) 970-5358
1717 North 77th Street Suite 9
Scottsdale, AZ
Alphagraphics Printshops of the Future - Chandler Scottsdale Phnx- Store Locations- Scotts
(480) 991-1636
15720 North Greenway Hayden Loop Suite 4
Scottsdale, AZ
Schader Studios
(480) 837-6440
16607 North Paradox Drive
Fountain Hills, AZ
Walgreen Drug Stores - Scottsdale Stores- Store Information
(480) 661-9960
11250 East Viaduct Linda
Scottsdale, AZ
Walgreen Drug Stores - Scottsdale Stores- Store Information
(480) 473-8962
8816 East Pinnacle Peak Road
Scottsdale, AZ
Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch
(480) 946-0094
15020 North Hayden Road
Scottsdale, AZ
Neato Products.Com
(480) 368-8393
14807 North 73rd Street Suite 104
Scottsdale, AZ

Great Portrait Light!

Great Portrait Light! - 4/7/08

Let nature worry about your lighting so you can focus on making great shots

next Portraits are always a big challenge-even bigger if you're photographing kids. So why not simplify the distractions so you can concentrate your efforts on making great shots? Instead of worrying about lighting effects and flash exposures, just go outside at any time of day, any day of the year, and find some open shade.

It just so happens that open shade is one of the most flattering portrait lights, and it can be found almost anywhere. On sunny days, it's under tall trees or in open doorways, and on cloudy days, it's everywhere all the time. Open shade is an immensely soft, incredibly flattering light-making it great for portraits, and even better for making kids look like little angels. Because it's a broad, even light source, it's also perfect for photographers who need to move around-say, in case they're chasing energetic little angels all over the place.

Once you've found open shade, the hard part's finished. Look for a background that's not distracting and preferably pretty uniform. Bring along a large reflector (like white poster board or foamcore) and a spare set of hands to hold it. Use this fill card as the primary light source on the subject. On a sunny day, the open shade is probably two full stops brighter than the sunlight exposure; once you add the fill card, it's about one stop. Pick an exposure slightly over normal to soften skin tones even more, and err on the side of a wide-open aperture to minimize the depth of field. (I like to meter for the face before adding the fill card. This way, once the fill is in place, I'll be subtly overexposing the shot, further softening skin tones and making the light even more flattering.)

With this bright soft light and shallow depth of field, you'll be amazed at the quality of the photos that come from such simple lighting. Even better, you'll be free to concentrate on interacting with your subjects-always a great step toward great photographs, particularly if you're working with kids.

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